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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

SCENE i   ' •             ' PART'"FIRST '   •     ,
THIRD- PASSENGER
And was Boney's letter friendly?
FIRST PASSENGER
Certainly, sin He requested peace with the King.
THIRD PASSENGER
And why shouldn't the King reply In the same manner ?
FIRST PASSENGER
What! Encourage this man in an act of shameless presumption, and give him the pleasure of considering himself the equal of the King of England-—whom he actually calls his brother!
THIRD PASSENGER
He must be taken for what he is, not for what he was; and if he calls King George his brother it doesn't speak badly for his friendliness,
FIRST PASSENGER
Whether or no, the King, rightly enough, did not reply in person, but through Lord Mulgrave our Foreign Minister,to the effect that his Britannic Majesty cannot give a specific answer till he has communicated with the Continental powers,
THIRD PASSENGER
Both the manner and the matter of the reply are British ; but a huge mistake.
FIRST PASSENGER
Sir, am I to deem you a friend of Bonaparte! a traitor to your country------